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Stoke 2 - Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 05.11.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

Unlucky must be the description on the game v. Stoke. Taking the lead twice and also having a third goal disalloved for offside was the content of this match

Leicester put pressure on Stoke right from the start and with Gareth Southgate in the stands watching, it was a game to show what you were worth and giving that extra litte push.

Manager Claude Puel made one change from the Everton game, giving Shinji Okazaki the chance to start instead of an injured Ben Chilwell. This ment that Puel changed back to basic with Okazaki behind Vardy with Gray and Mahrez out wide.

To see a City team equal on possesion is of course good, and after 33 minutes it was time for the blue to deliver. A corner headed down by Maguire, ended up in Vicente Iborra's feet and he smashed the ball in via Stoke's goalkeeper Jack Butland.
 

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The defending in this game was not up to the level of performance we would like to see from a City team and after 39 minutes Shaqiri got a chance after a terrible error at the left side by City. The Swizz international suddenly was all alone and scored from a distance shot.

This was a mistakte, that if it repeats itself will punish City hard in the future. Especially central defenders Morgan and Maguire must be blamed for the organising and how they pushed up without having cover and leaving Shaqiri totally blank.

1-1 was ok after first half, but would have loved to see the City team keeping their lead and defending better. Things looked a bit shivering and especially Okazaki lost the ball a number of times in crucial situations that made it possible for Stoke to counter attack.
 

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Puel had the team well prepared for 2nd half and it was City that showed most power with this ending in a great goal scored from Riyad Mahrez. He really twisted and turned the Stoke defence and his goal was one great, lovely to see.

Again City were in the lead and things looked settled and well organised. Iheanacho came in for Okazaki after 58 minutes, just two minutes before the goal and he also could have scored, and he did, but it was correctly blown for an offside.

Iheanacho was also clear on goal in another attempt, but the pass from Vardy never found the Nigerian international. The fact that the defence again missed out on a set piece, a corner in the 73rd minute, made it possible for Crouch to score, and settle it all 2-2.

Positives:
Iborra looking more and more comfortable in midfield, definately becoming a key player
Two goals scored away
Gray first half
Schmeichel making crucial saves, keeping Leicester in the game
No cards
Gray in the first half, great performace
Taking the lead twice
Getting a point away is ok wherever you go
Five games unbeaten in the Premier League

Negatives
Not able to keep a lead, letting it slip twice
Poor defending at times, that cost us three points
Iborra out injured, King not able to be the cover he should
Gray 2nd half, not involved
Magurie not up to his best level, sadly
Iheancho not able to convert and struggles to get out of offside, looks a bit confused

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 8, Simpson 6, Fuchs 5, Maguire 5, Morgan 5, Ndidi 6, Iborra 8, Okazaki 6, Gray 7, Vardy 6, Mahrez 7
Subs: King, Albrighton, Iheanacho

Match Stats:
H/A
Possession: 51 % / 49 %
Corners: 4 / 10
Shots on target: 6 / 2
Shots wide: 2 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offsides: 0 / 5

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